How to Prevent Clogged Drain and Dodge the Office Nightmare

How to Prevent Clogged Drain and Dodge the Office Nightmare
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    A clogged drain is one of the most annoying and inconvenient things that could happen in the house.

    The only way a clogged drain could be worse is if it happens in the office.

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Here, you don’t have complete control over the building and you can’t solve the problem immediately. As well as that, a clogged drain could be extremely bad for your productivity. Since you can’t react right away to stop the clogged drain from causing further damage, it’s only sensible to take matters into your own hands when prevention is concerned.

1. Fix leaky faucets

No matter where we work, we all know an office with a couple of leaky faucets. Leaky faucets are one of the first signs that something is wrong with the pipe system.

They should be taken care of right away, as not only are you risking further damage by leaving them unattended, but you’re also spending way more money on bills than you need to.

2. Get to know the plumbing

People often wrongly assume that all plumbing systems and pipes in them are the same. If you ask any plumber, they’ll tell you that simply isn’t true.

This means that you should get to know the plumbing of your office building before you can react accordingly. Knowing what your office plumbing system has in store for you can help you react more quickly if an accident does occur.

You’ll know exactly what part of the office to shut off to stop a potential flood, and you’ll get things fixed much more quickly and make a safer office environment.

3. Keep an eye on the water heater

Even though clogged pipes are mostly associated with the toilet and the kitchen, water heaters could have something to do with it, too. Every office will have a nice water heater so that employees can use the kitchen comfortably and wash their hands in hot water after using the toilet. Sediment build-up is the most common cause of any blockage and leaks in water heaters.

In order to prevent sediment build-up, you should drain the water heater at the beginning of every season. That way, the sediment won’t have time to build up and your heater will stay filled with just water.

4. Don’t flush things down

The easiest way to get rid of most things is to just flush them. The water works fine and we don’t even think about how what we’re flushing could damage the pipe system. Office employees usually just throw anything they have in the toilet because it’s much easier and they care even less than at home. Preventing this behavior is mandatory if you want to avoid blocked and clogged pipes. The biggest problems are tissues, wet wipes, and sanitary products.

This is because these products don’t dissolve like toilet paper when you flush them (even though toilet paper can also damage the pipes greatly). Instead, they just absorb water and become bigger, causing them to clog your drains. You can easily fix this problem by adding trash cans into every stall and putting up signs that people shouldn’t flush things down the toilet.

5. Regular maintenance

One of the best ways to prevent clogged drains is to maintain them regularly. Once a year, you should call a professional for blocked drain cleaning. This way, you’ll be sure your drains are nice and clean for the rest of the year. A lot of things can accumulate in the drains to block them, and toilet paper is the most common culprit. By calling a professional, you’re ensuring the office stays safe and you don’t have to do any of the dirty work.

Think of this as an investment in your drains and don’t be sorry you spent some extra money on it. The professionals will also tell you if there are any major problems with your drains, which saves you any potential damage in the future. In other words, you’ll get to use the office safely and confidently all year round just because you got your system maintained on time.

6. Replace the pipes

If the office building you’re working in is old, you might consider replacing the pipes entirely. At some point, just fixing the pipes over and over again doesn’t do you any good. Years of use can and will render pipes borderline useless, especially if they haven’t been properly maintained in this period. If your office building is over 40 years old, this is the first sign that you need to replace the pipes.

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It doesn’t even matter if you’ve never had problems with the pipes before. Hair, paper, and sanitary products, as well as chemicals, do a lot of damage to the pipe system. As well as that, time and corrosion can take what’s theirs. This means that even if you didn’t have problems before, you will simply because pipes also suffer from wear and tear.

Conclusion

As you can see, you can actually do a lot to prevent clogged drains at work. The office doesn’t have to be a nightmare just because this problem got out of hand. Your employees don’t have to suffer and neither do you. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, which is why preventing a clogged drain should your priority. We’re confident that your office will stay safe and the drains clean if you follow the tips provided above.

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